On March 10, 2009, the Center for Community Engagement held its first sponsored Faculty Development Series event to discuss the fourth bullet of Wesleyan’s mission statement that indicates graduating students will be able to “demonstrate their local and global citizenship through service.” The workshop engaged faculty in a discussion about the differences between “service” and “engagement”, how the institution as a whole can engage students in current issues, and the various ways service-learning is assessed.
Within the next few months, the series will continue the discussion with workshops on experiential learning, the use of technology and course development strategies. The series will conclude in an open retreat in June 2009 for faculty to develop strategies and plans for course integration via community-based research, policy research, direct service-learning, issue-based learning and more.
In March 2009, the Center for Community Engagement was awarded a $2,000 Serve 2.0 grant from the Bonner Foundation to help a local organization become engaged with their community on the web. With the use of social media applications, such as Facebook and YouTube, the grant will support the newly-formed Main Street Arts Co-Op located in downtown Buckhannon, WV. Students will gather video and stories from local artists in Upshur County and post these to various social media outlets to promote the Arts Co-Op. Since the organization is new, the grant will support the initial marketing and public relation needs, and will engage Wesleyan students with the local community. The launching of this social media campaign will begin in May/June 2009. For more information about the Serve 2.0 initiative, go to http://serve.pbwiki.com/.
In an effort to increase sustainability on campus, every Tuesday for the past month has been “trayless” in Aladdin’s cafeteria. Sponsored by the Sustainbility Task Force – a group of faculty, staff and students – Trayless Tuesdays are just the first step towards building a “greener” campus.
To learn more about why Wesleyan has gone “trayless” on Tuesdays, check out the following video:
The link below has photos from the 2009 Alternative Spring Break trip to NYC. Students on this trip served at a non-profit food service named “God’s Love We Deliver”.
The Center for Community Engagement announced in February the opening of two VISTA positions beginning this summer 2009. One position will focus on community partner development and the other on faculty and student programming. (For more information on how to apply, see: http://wvwc.pbwiki.com/VISTA)
Dr. Robert Rupp (Political Science) was invited by the Wesleyan chapter of RESULTS to speak to a group of students in the Center for Community Engagement about his experience at the inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama. Granted with a press pass, Rupp was able to experience the event on Capitol Hill amongst 1.8 million people – the whole population of West Virginia. Students and staff engaged with Rupp in a discussion about the various aspects surrounding the historical event: the symbolism within the President’s speech, the long campaign trail, and the years which lie ahead.
*Video to come soon!*
A task force formed in January to support environmental sustainability issues on Wesleyan’s campus and within the Strategic Plan of the college. The task force is represented by faculty, staff and students from various campus departments: Bonner Scholars, Biology, Campus Life, Community Engagement, Dining Services, Environmental Science, Green Club, Housing, Mathematics, Physical Plant, SIFE and the Vice President of Finance. In addition to supporting this institutional initiative, the task force will also be sponsoring campus events to raise awareness about various issues associated with sustainability, such as recycling and conservation of resources. (http://wvwcsustainability.pbwiki.com)